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Life is too Short (Poem)

Life is too short for any vain regretting;Let dead delight bury its dead, I say,And let us go upon our way forgettingThe joys and sorrows of each yesterday.Between the swift sun's rising and its settingWe have no time for useless tears or fretting—Life is too short. Life is too short…
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The Better View (Poem)

If we talk of the good that the world contains,And try our best to add to it,The evil will die of neglect by-and-by—'Tis the very best way to undo it. We preach too much and we dwell too longOn sin and sorrow and trouble;We help them to live by the…
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Hidden Sacrifices

What need hath manOf Eden passed, or Paradise to come,When heaven is round us and within ourselves?—Philip James Bailey Lowliness is the base of every virtue:Who goes the lowest, builds, doubt not, the safest.—Philip James Bailey Truth is within ourselves; it takes no riseFrom outward things, whate'er you may believe.—Browning…
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Sympathy

Are you of a sympathetic nature? If so, do not let your sympathies help to add to the world's miseries. That may seem a strange expression, but it can be explained if you will listen. Much of the misery in the world is the result of imagination. All of it is…
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Balance

Avoid all strained and abstruse language, when conversing with people who may not have entered this realm of thought. Do not allow anyone to think of you as a lunatic, or a crank, unnecessarily. Of course there are people in the world who consider everyone a lunatic who holds an opinion differing from…
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Burden-Dropping

This to me is life;That if life be a burden, I will join To make it but the burden of a song.—Philip James Bailey Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in…
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The Unseen Cord (Poem)

There is an unseen cord which bindsThe whole wide world together;Through every human life it winds—This one mysterious tether.It links all races and all landsThroughout their span allotted,And death alone unites the strandsWhich God Himself has knotted. However humble be your lot,Howe’er your hands are fettered,You cannot think a noble…
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Obstacles

However great the obstacles between you and your goal may be or have been, do not lay the blame of your failure upon them. Other people have succeeded in overcoming just as great obstacles. Remove such hindrances from the path for others, if you can, or tell them a way to…
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Entering Into the Infinite

From the beginning of time, man, in spite of his bodily appetites and desires, in the midst of all his clinging to earthly and impermanent things, has ever been intuitively conscious of the limited, transient, and illusionary nature of his material existence, and in his sane and silent moments has…
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Old Clothes

As you go over your wardrobe in the spring or fall, do not keep any old, useless, or even questionable, garments, for "fear you might need them another year." Give them to the ragman, or send them to the county or city poor house. There is nothing that will keep you in…
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Spiritual Security (Poem)

However skilled and strong art thou, my foe,However fierce is thy relentless hate,Tho firm thy hand and strong thy aim, and straightThy poisoned arrow leaves the bended bowTo pierce the target of my heart, ah! knowI am the master yet of my own fate.Thou canst not rob me of my…
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Great Thoughts

God’s gift was that man should conceive of truthAnd yearn to gain it, catching at mistakeAs midway help till he reach fact indeed. —Robert Browning The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future; and that his thoughts…
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Reviews of Books

Esoteric Education, or the Life of a Hero; translated from the German of J. Kerning's Key to the Realm of Spirit, and published by the Esoteric Publishing Company, Applegate, California. This is a mystical story of which one Geoffrey, a knight of the thirteenth century, is the hero. He is…
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Today (Poem)

With every rising of the sunThink of your life as just begun.The past has shrived and buried deepAll yesterdays. There let them sleep!Nor seek to summon back one ghostOf that innumerable host.Concern yourself with but today;Woo it and teach it to obeyYour will and wish. Since time beganToday has been…
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Optimism

Not long ago I read the following gloomy bit of pessimism from the pen of a man bright enough to know better than to add to the mental malaria of the world. He said: Life is a hopeless battle in which we are foredoomed to defeat. And the prize for which we strive…
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Self-Conquest

Every New Idea, or supposed New Idea, is a light which attracts the moths. The "New Thought" is no exception. About it flutter hysterical women, unbalanced men: the erratic and the irresponsible. The possibilities of performing miracles, of healing the sick, hypnotizing the well, transforming poverty into wealth, and changing age to youth, are…
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Generosity

Have you ever observed how invariably your "last dollar" is restored to you, with additions, when you have given it for some worthy purpose? Even if the purpose did not prove to be a worthy one, yet if you thought it so, and gave your last dollar with spontaneous sympathy and good will,…
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Wishing (Poem)

Do you wish the world were better?Let me tell you what to do.Set a watch upon your actions;Keep them always straight and true.Rid your mind of selfish motives,Let your thoughts be clean and high.You can make a little EdenOf the sphere you occupy. Do you wish the world were wiser?Well,…
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Common Sense

If you are suffering from physical ills, ask yourself if it is not your own fault. There is scarcely one person in one hundred who does not over eat or drink. I know an entire family who complain of gastric troubles, yet who keep the coffee pot continually on the range and drink…
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Invincibility

If we persistently desire good things to come to us for unselfish purposes, and at the same time faithfully perform the duties which lie nearest, we will eventually find our desires being realized in the most unexpected manner. Our thought force has proved to be a wedge, opening the seemingly inaccessible Wall of Circumstance.…
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The Breath

A man reproved me for my interest in New Thought creeds. "The old religion I learned at my mother's knee is good enough for me!" he said. "It is good enough for anybody!" Yet this man's mother had always "enjoyed poor health," as the old lady expressed it, and the man himself…
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Resolve (Poem)

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,Can circumvent or hinder or controlThe firm resolve of a determined soul.Gifts count for little; will alone is great;All things give way before it, soon or late.What obstacle can stay the mighty forceOf the sea-seeking river in its course,Or cause the ascending orb…
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Circumstances (Poem)

We build our future thought by thoughtFor good or bad and know it not:Yet so the universe is wrought. Thought is another name for Fate;Choose then thy destiny and wait,For love brings love and hate brings hate. Mind is the master of the sphere;Be calm, be steadfast, and sincere;Fear is…
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Woman's Opportunity

The greatest opportunity to better the world which can come to any woman is through the experience of maternity. The power of prenatal influence which a mother possesses is awe-inspiring to realize. It has been said upon excellent authority that Napoleon's mother read Roman history with absorbing interest during the months preceding his birth.…
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Concentration

The New Thought includes concentration of thought, in its teaching; and he who learns that important art is not liable to frequently forget small or large duties. It is he who scatters, instead of concentrates his mind powers, who keeps himself and others in a state of continual irritation by forgetting, mislaying, and losing,…
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The Sowing of the Seed

When you start in the "New Thought" do not expect sudden illumination. Do not imagine that you are to become perfectly well, perfectly cheerful, successful, and a healer, in a few days. Remember all growth is slow. Mushrooms spring up in a night, but oaks grow with deliberation and endure for centuries.…
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The Important Trifles

You will find, in the effort to reach a higher spirituality in your daily life, that the small things try your patience and your strength more than the greater ones. Home life, like business life, is composed of an accumulation of trifles. There are people who bear great sorrows with resignation, and seem…
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The One Unutterable Need (Poem)

I pass along the busy street,Scanning the faces that I meet,Striving to read, as best I may,What Life has writ on living clay;And often, all unconsciously,They open out their hearts to me:Then, dumb with unshed tears, I readThe one unutterable need.For some discordant, loud, and clear,Only the din of traffic…
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High Noon

Every woman who passes thirty ought to keep her brain, heart and mind alive and warm with human sympathy and emotion. She ought to interest herself in the lives of others, and make her friendship valuable to the young. She should keep her body supple, and avoid losing the lines of grace: and she…
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Opulence

Do not go through the world talking poverty and asking every one you deal with to show you special consideration because you are "poor" and "unfortunate." If you do this with an idea of saving a few dollars here and there, you will always have to do it, because you are creating poverty…
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Royalty

We get what we give. I have never known this rule to fail in the long run. If we give sympathy, appreciation, goodwill, charitable thoughts, admiration and love—we receive all these back from humanity in time. We may bestow them unworthily, as the sower of good seed may cast it on a rocky…
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Wisdom

A great many people are attracted to the New Thought of the day, by its declaration of our right to material wealth, and by its claim that the mind of man can create, command, and control conditions which produce wealth. There is no question concerning the truth of this claim. But woe unto…
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The Philosophy of Happiness

There are natures born to happiness just as there are born musicians, mechanics and mathematicians. They are usually children who came into life under right pre-natal conditions. That is, children conceived and born in love. The mother who thanks God for the little life she is about to bring to Earth, gives her…
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Let the Past Go

Do not begin the new year by recounting to yourself or others all your losses and sorrows. Let the past go. Should some good friend present you with material for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it aside and describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past times?…
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God's Kin (Poem)

There is no summit you may not attain,No purpose that you may not yet achieve,If you will wait serenely, and believeEach seeming loss is but a step to'rd gain. Between the mountain tops lie vale and plain;Let nothing make you question, doubt or grieve;Give only good, and good alone receive;And…
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Man's Potential Perfection

Part I—Becoming As, step by step, we venture beyond the confines of those faiths in the profession which we have been brought up, and as we proceed to inquire why it is they have ever engaged the heart of the human race in its progress onward and upward, we see…
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Destiny

Never say that you wish your situation were different! Never wish you had some other person's life or troubles or worries. Accept your own as a working basis, the best for you. Then go ahead and change whatever displeases you. Remember you are the maker and molder of your own destiny.…
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Eternity

Do you know what a wonderfully complicated thing a human being is? Every feature, every portion of your body, every motion you make, reflects your mental organization. I know a woman past middle life who has always been on the opposite side of every question discussed in her presence. She was agnostic…
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Insomnia

Dwell up there in the simple and noble regions of thy life. Obey thy heart and thou shalt reproduce the foreworld again.— Emerson. Who of us has not suffered from sleepless nights? The subjective life in which, as Macdonald so quaintly suggests, our souls go home to their father's house…
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Keep Out of the Past (Poem)

Keep out of the Past; it is lonelyAnd barren and bleak to the view;Its Fires have grown cold, and its stories are tit old;Turn, turn to the Present—the New. Today leads you up to the hill-topsThat are kissed by the radiant sun;Today shows no tomb, life's hopes are in bloom,And…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

J. C. B.—Your question is in substance as follows: —"Why do millions of highly organized sentient beings pass their lives in unnatural conditions, with more or less almost constant suffering until the final death-blow?" This question involves the whole enigma of the universe; and to solve it is to solve…
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Morning Influences

What do you think about the very first thing in the morning? Your thoughts during the first half-hour of the morning will greatly influence the entire day. You may not realize this, but it is nevertheless a fact. If you set out with worry, and depression, and bitterness of soul toward fate or…
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Spiritual Mastery (Poem)

You will be what you will to be;Let failure find its false contentIn that poor word, "environment,"But spirit scorns it, and is free. It masters time, it conquers space,It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance,And bids the tyrant CircumstanceUncrown, and fill a servant’s place. The human Will, that force unseen,The offspring…
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Preparation

Every day I hear middle-aged people bemoaning the fact that they were not given advantages or did not seize the opportunities for an education in early youth. They believe that their lives would be happier, better and more useful had an education been obtained. Scarcely one of these people realizes that middle life…
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Heredity

American parents, as a rule, can be put in two extreme classes, those who render the children insufferably conceited and unbearable by overestimating their abilities and overpraising their achievements, and those who render them morbid and self-depreciating by a lack of wholesome praise. It is rare indeed, when we find parents wise and sensible…
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Whatever Is, Is Best (Poem)

I know as my life grows older,And mine eyes have clearer sight,That under each rank Wrong, somewhereThere lies the root of Right.That each sorrow has its purpose,By the sorrowing oft unguessed;But as sure as the sun brings morning,Whatever is, is best. I know that each sinful action,As sure as the…
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Literature

The world is full of "New Thought" Literature. It is helpful and inspiring to read. It is worth many dollars to anyone who will live its philosophy. I talked to a man who has been studying along these lines for some years. "Oh, I know all that philosophy," he said; "it is…
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A Worn Out Creed

I have a letter from an "orthodox Christian," who says the only hope for humanity lies in the "old-fashioned religion." Then he proceeds to tell me how carefully he has studied human nature, "in business, in social life, and in himself," and that he finds it all vile—selfish—sinful. Of course he does, because…
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Understanding the Simple Laws of Life

Watch narrowlyThe demonstration of a truth, its birth,And you trace back the effluence to its springAnd source within us.—Robert Browning More is the treasure of law than gems;Sweeter than comb its sweetness. Its delights,Delightful past compare.—The Light of Asia Walking those byways which I have so far pointed out, resting…
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Originality of Character

That all people are not alike is often admitted, but few realize that this statement involves that everyone possesses something in his or her nature not to be found in another. That something, be it good or evil, great or small, strong or weak, is character. Not merely is it…
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